CAG 11/22/10 Marsha Mc Wilson
11/22/10. Our guest in the studio today was Marsha McWilson, a singer, minister and inspirational speaker, and licensed beautician from Niagara Falls. She has a program on WUFO immediately after ours and has often listened to Conversations about Gambling beforehand. Sheâs been particularly concerned herself about the widespread acceptance of gambling within the faith community. She knows people who have prayed to win the lottery or win at the casino, and have then given credit to the power of prayer if they win. She also knows people who have donated gambling winnings to the church. There are churches that organize trips to the casino, sometimes as a benefit for the church. And of course bingo remains widespread as a church fundraiser. We discussed several problems with this attitude toward gambling. Jim Anderson brought up a number of Biblical teachings about the dangers of the love of money, of seeking unearned money, of seeking gain at the expense of others (and many will be desperate losers at any gambling games, as many of our guests have attested). We also talked about the danger of trusting to luck, games of chance, to get ahead financially. Many of course will lose, and even those who win big have sometimes had their lives destroyed by their sudden wealth, their lack of understanding about how to handle money, and their lack of clear moral and ethical values in their approach to money. We agreed that it was important for members of the faith community, both clergy and lay people, to become educated and to rethink their attitudes toward gambling, particularly their blind acceptance of it.